Valerie Werder is a scholar and writer who studies technologies of perception and representation as they have produced and regulated subjecthood, objecthood, and value from the 19th century to the present. She holds an MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University and is currently a PhD student in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University, where she is also Harvard Presidential Scholar. Her work has been published in BOMB and performed at Participant Inc, New York, and Artspace, New Haven. She is a 2021 fellow in the Art & Law Program. Her first novel, Thieves, was the winner of the 2019 Fence Modern Prize in Prose and will be published by Fence Books in 2022.